Workshop Wednesday: Response to Literature {FREEBIES!!} - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Workshop Wednesday: Response to Literature {FREEBIES!!}

Welcome to Workshop Wednesday!! :)
Today is my LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!! Oh my heavens, I can't believe it. I can smell the sweet fragrance of summer just around the corner!! :)

Before I get into the meat of this post, I wanted to let you know that Workshop Wednesday will be changing JUST FOR THE SUMMER. During the month of June and the month of July, I will have two different topics (one for each month) that will remain open for the whole month. I hope that you won't all forget about me this summer with a less frequent linky, but I just don't think my linky parties lend themselves as well to our posts when we aren't in school. I've got some ideas for these two though- I think you'll enjoy them, and they'll still be easy to link up to! :) More to come soon!!

OK, so now on to the good stuff!! Today's topic is reading responses! How do you have students respond to their reading?

I'm so excited to share this with you, because it has definitely been a work in progress over the last couple of years! I teach my students to record their thinking on sticky notes as they read. This requires a lot of modeling and think-alouds in the beginning of the year, of course, but they become REALLY good at it!

**I apologize for not having any personal pictures of all this!! My kids took home their notebooks before I could snap some pics! Darn it!!**

I give them this bookmark which I made based on the "Talking Back To Books" Poster from Beth Newingham. (I print them on different colors of cardstock and laminate them- mine still have them completely intact from the beginning of this year!)
Click to download these for free from Dropbox! 
These bookmarks train their brain to think as they read. Once I feel like they have the hang of writing as they read, I discuss levels of thinking with them. I found this great anchor chart on Pinterest last summer and made it for this year (mine was already put up, so here is the original pin picture I found...):

We talk about how we only want level two and level three sticky notes because they really show we are thinking. I then teach them how to "write long" off of a sticky note. I found another great pin last summer to show this idea, although I have been teaching my kiddos for the last couple of years how to do this. Here is the pin:

It is very important that they have level two or level three sticky notes to be able to write long... otherwise, as you can imagine, their response won't be... long. Ha!

I used to have them write me letters, but I feel like sticky note responses are easier for me to keep up with as far as grading and conferring goes. I still have them write me letters sometimes, but writing long from a sticky note is done at least weekly, and it's super easy to check in on with them for comprehension! In fact- here are the labels I made for sticky note conferences! :)
Click to download this EDITABLE freebie from Dropbox, too!
I  walk around with these labels on my clipboard and meet with as many as I can... then I just stick these down in the reading profile folders after I've filled up one label page! I have quick evidence of their independent thinking. We talk together as I fill it in about their compliment and their thing to work on!

Your turn! Make sure to grab the button and link your post back to this post (no TPT store link-ups, please), then make sure to leave some love for at least two others in this linky party!


  1. The levels of sticky notes are so important- I haven't really gotten there yet with my little friends, but I'm thinking next year, I'll add a "writing-from-your-post-it-note" activity to our sticky note fun. :)
    Ooh and i'm excited for your summer linkies too!
    Thanks for hosting!!

    Learning to the Core

  2. What great ideas, Jivey! I love the levels of sticky notes - it's an important skill for them to deepen and this is a fun way to have them practice. Thanks for the freebies!
    *off to work on my post...* :)

    Joy in the Journey

  3. Thank you so much for the bookmark freebie - I love giving my students sentence starters and your bookmarks are a great way to keep them handy. I love your anchor chart for their track notes - those are great visuals (love the level 1 floaties!). I think I pinned every single thing from this post!!

  4. I've taught my students about "thick" versus "thin" questions, but this would be SO helpful in teaching them about what types of comments I want to see as they read. Excellent post!!!!

  5. Such a great idea! We will definitely be using sticky notes more next year. I love the levels as well...something we have been discussing a lot lately as their work gets a little haphazard!

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

  6. Thanks for hosting! I love the different levels of the sticky notes! :)
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

  7. WOW! Awesome post for your LAST day! I'm sooooo jealous.

    I used to have my students write me letters too, but that became a paperwork nightmare! I really like your ideas and will have to steal them (as usual!).

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  8. Love the freebies and the anchor charts! Pinning! You know how I love, treasure, adore post-its! Love the levels for post-its-so clear for students! Hope you had a great last day!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  9. I really like the chart outlining the different levels of responses on the post its as well!!

    Literacy Spark

  10. I used to do the letter writing each week as well, but I had to stop when I felt like I was spending every spare minute reading and writing letters!


  11. OH MY! I just pinned all of your ideas and added them to my to do list for summer! You are amazing! Thank you so much for sharing :)



  12. I agree with Amelia!!! Fantastic post- lots of GREAT ideas! I love the conference labels. I will definitely use that next year to help myself stay organized! :)
    Thanks for sharing. I'll be looking for your summer linkies!
    Creating a Thoughtful Classroom

  13. I love everything about this post! I'm re-vamping my guided reading next year and definitely plan on using your bookmarks. Thanks for the awesome freebie!

    iTeach 1:1

  14. What a great idea! I have used sticky note idea before, but I love your bookmarks! Beautiful blog too!

  15. thanks so much for sharing this freebie! At the end of the year, I began teaching my little 2nd graders on how to use sticky notes to write down their thinking! Love the simple, yet critical sentence stems to help build higher level thinking skills!

    Table Talk with C & C

    Here's a link to my post on "Thinking with Post-Its"
    Thinking with Post-Its

  16. I have used the exact same pin from the notebook page on Pinterest! I love this post and find it extremely helpful. I have been working hard to have my students write "meatier" Post-its, but they haven't all gotten there yet. I will definitely be using some of your ideas.


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